This exhibition presents new photographs of the urban landscape of Wolverhampton by artist Tom Hicks.
Hicks is best known for his ongoing project, Black Country Type. In this series of images he has applied his unique aesthetic to the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. He also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features and objects in the post-industrial landscape of the area.
For Wolverhampton Type, Hicks has turned his attention to the City and its surrounding areas, including Bushbury, Heath Town, Graiseley and Horseley Fields. His working method is influenced by psychogeographic practices, particularly the concept of the ‘Derive’ (or drift) – the idea that drifting through an urban environment without a clear purpose is the best way to fully experience it.
Hicks takes photographs whilst either walking or cycling, which he feels is the best way to fully observe buildings, signs and features in the landscape. As this new collection of images demonstrates, this approach gives him access to the hidden and the overlooked zones of the city.
The images in this collection range from large-scale Victorian architecture to hand-painted domestic garages. Whilst the subject matter could be considered ‘everyday’ in nature, Hicks’ approach conveys the idea that ‘Beauty is in the Street’.
Tom Hicks has worked in the City of Wolverhampton for two decades and had exhibited widely across the Black Country and Birmingham.